06/10/2007 11:00PM

Bernie Blue successfully stretches out

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Bernie Blue ($5.80), unable to beat star sprinters Coach Jimi Lee and Fabulous Strike in his previous two starts, made a rare appearance in a route and flourished, leading throughout the mile-and-70-yard Slipton Fell Handicap on Saturday night at Mountaineer Race Track.

A 5-year-old gelding ridden by Deshawn Parker for trainer Miguel Feliciano, Bernie Blue ended a five-racing losing streak in the $75,000 Slipton Fell, finishing 1 ¾ lengths ahead of M B Sea while covering the distance in 1:42.52.

It was the 12th win in 31 lifetime starts for Bernie Blue, who was 0 for 2 in his only previous attempts around two turns.